It's a quiet start to the year when it comes to Manchester bus news. Stagecoach Manchester have some changes coming up but, aside from the previously mentioned conversion of the 157 (Manchester - Woodford) service to a limited stop X57, it's all timetable tweaks to improve reliabaility.
Much more interesting is a new advertising campaign launching on the region's buses. We're all used to seeing ads for Christian initiatives like 'The Alpha Course' but until now atheists have been priced out of advertising on buses. No longer!British comedy writer Ariane Sherine got so annoyed by Christian bus ads threatening non believers with the fiery pits of Hell that she put together a campaign last year to raise money to put an atheist ads on the side of London buses.
The campaign ended up raising so much money that it's spread to other UK cities including Manchester. The ads, which read "There's probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life.", will be carried by First and Stagecoach. Here at Manchester Buses we like the campaign's feelgood message and much prefer it to most of the TV programmes Ariane has written for. My Family? Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps? Get us a bus out of here!